13 Entertaining Events in O.C. to Check Out This August

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The Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Concerto choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano. Picture by Nigel Norrington mobile 07930 336261. Press night Saturday 17th November 2012

“Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested” is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA schedule of exhibits. Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, the show’s artists examine American ideals from South and Central American and Caribbean-rooted perspectives. Starts Aug. 5 at Muzeo. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

OC Parks’ Sunset Cinema series concludes the free summer movie nights in Yorba Linda, with screenings of Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” and the neighborhood baseball flick “The Sandlot.” Spread out a blanket and chow down on food truck offerings. Aug. 11 and 18 at Yorba Regional Park. 7600 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-973-6838, ocparks.com

Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars will feature luminaries such as Misty Copeland, Alexandre Hammoudi, and the Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano, left. Short pas de deux and solos make for a virtuosic evening. Aug. 18 at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-309-1280, festivalballet.org

“Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles” contains works from Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection as well as pieces on loan. Messick trained and later taught at Chouinard Art Institute and created paintings, drawings, and lithographs that document the city from MacArthur Park to Pershing Square in the 1930s and ’40s. Through Sept. 24 at Laguna Art Museum. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

“Dusk till Dawn” displays paintings of landscapes at night. Using revolutionary techniques established by the French Impressionists, these California artists portray evening shadows using blue or purple paint, as opposed to the pervasive browns of prior centuries. Through Sept. 28 at Irvine Museum. 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949-476-0294, irvinemuseum.org

The Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Fun Home” is based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir about her family and sexual identity. The title is grim shorthand for the family business: a funeral home. Aug. 1 through 6 at Segerstrom Hall. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

The final installment in Newport Beach director Logan Dulien’s surf trilogy is “Snapt 3,” which premieres here this month. It highlights footage of pros—including Bruce Irons, Mason Ho, and Asher Pacey—shot in 21 countries. Aug. 4 at The Observatory. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714-957-0600, observatoryoc.com

Kendrick Lamar. Photograph by Christian San Jose

The Ghost Light Vocal Jam is a monthly open-mic night hosted by Molly Mahoney, a Chapman alumna and professional performance coach. Prepare to belt out your own musical theater song, or just go for the show. Aug. 8 at Chance Theater.  5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

One of the most acclaimed rappers of all time, Kendrick Lamar comes to town on his “Damn” tour. The album went platinum three weeks after its release and this son of Compton—he’s got a key to the city to prove it—got his first No. 1 single with “Humble.” Aug. 11 at Honda Center. 2695 Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

Co-curated by activist-artists Margaret Garcia and Nataasja Saint-Satyr, the exhibit “Prayers, Protection, and Resistance” has works that express hopes, desires, and concerns for the world today. Through Aug. 20 at Muckenthaler Cultural Center.  1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival brings community singers into the fold with the regular chorus and guest artists. A mammoth ensemble of 400 voices takes on Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Aug. 13 at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714‑662-2345, pacificchorale.org

Travel through Europe on “The Grand Tour,” the theme for the 85th annual Pageant of the Masters. Your destinations will be living re-enactments of art by Emma Stebbins, Antoine Watteau, and others. Through Aug. 31 at Festival of Arts. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949‑494‑1145, foapom.com

Revisit the summer-long California-Pacific Triennial during this gallery talk with Los Angeles artist Carmen Argote. She has been working on her site-specific installation, “Place On-fold,” throughout the exhibition’s run, reinforcing the show’s themes of building and temporality. Aug. 5 at Orange County Museum of Art. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122, ocma.net

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